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Sleep Cheap Grant

Amy, Lori and Silvana worked hard in November to put together our first grant application:

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It took us weeks to put it together. We asked for help from friends who had grant writing experience and slowly constructed our first grant application.

WE GOT A GRANT!

BCFS has been selected to receive $7000 from the sleep cheap fundraiser! We are thrilled beyond thrilled with the grant and can’t wait to put the funds to good use helping more animals!

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Big Thank You to the Sleep Cheap Grant Committee who went through many worthy charities to help those who live, breathe and work in Niagara Falls.

Thank you to all those who helped us: Molly and Caspers Mamas especially!

Thank you Lori, Amy and Silvana for all your hard work on this project!

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A day to celebrate!

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The passed around Pig

Wee wee wee went the little pig as she foraged in the unfamiliar forest. Only a few cold nights ago she was welcomed into a home and loved. How did she end up cold and alone in a dark forest?

She became unwanted – like the fate of most “pet pigs”.

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They get too big or too noisy. They root around the couches and hide under blankets.

Unlike most pigs, this little female pig was found by a woman who was – pig savvy.

She had her own pig for years that she loved and she couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the cold pig in the forest, so she welcomed the unwanted pig into her home.

Knowing she couldn’t keep the pig, the woman began contacting farm sanctuaries and BCFS’ name came up on her list.

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What a sad story. Our answer: If you aren’t willing to make a lifetime commitment to an animal – don’t get one. If you want a pet pig, fine, but do your research. Check your bylaws and ensure everyone in your house (including your landlord) is supportive of the idea.

See this video of how pigs grow! 

Opposed to popular belief, pigs are nothing like dogs.

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The original owner of this pig was found and the pig was reunited with her family… for now.

 

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Signed… Very Disgusted.

A letter from the public: 

Thanks for your prompt response about adopting Upsy Daisy. I am glad that you screen potential adoption parents, but I think I would have a much easier time adopting a child. This explains why so many animals are killed every minute day and night because it costs more to adopt than buy from a registered breeder! Wow. What a shame . Good luck finding homes for these poor animals. You are doing the animals a disservice and think you are by far going overboard on the application! It takes less to become a Canadian citizen than to adopt a dog.

Very disgusted.

 

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North Adopted by Foster Home!

Please welcome six month old female husky mix North into the BCFS Foster Care Program! Please congratulate North’s foster family on adopting North and becoming a foster graduate (formerly known as foster failure)!!

A wonderful fast turnaround for the BCFS team! When you have a good fit there’s no denying it!

North came to us from Sandy Lake, Ontario and was left chained in the backyard since she was a wee pup. She had broken her puppy teeth trying to chew free.

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North has been a part of a few wonderful firsts: 

  • She was one of the first dogs spayed in Sandy Lake’s first spay and neuter clinic run by the Toronto Animal Services.
  • She was one of the first dogs brought down from Sandy Lake, ON to BCFS into our Foster Care Program.
  • She is NOT the first dog to be surrendered by a family once she outgrew her “cute puppy” phase.

North is similar to other rescue dogs that have traveled down from the far north of Ontario and been welcomed into BCFS. These “northern dogs” tend to be thoughtful and watchful. To survive in the far north they’ve learned how to act to survive.

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Left with their canine parents for longer periods of time makes these dogs natural with house training. If you notice your dog isn’t very good at knowing where to potty, it’s likely they were taken away from their canine mom far too early.

It’s not until 8-12 weeks do puppies learn that it’s not good to potty where you sleep or eat. In our society it’s been acceptable to remove puppies at 8 weeks and as early as 4 weeks – if they survive it will likely lead to some serious medical and behavioural issues.

The “northern dogs” are smart and funny. They are hesitant if you approach them quickly or with hands raised, but they merely remove themselves from a situation that feels dangerous.

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They quietly slide away and hide until it’s safe to come out. Once they feel safe in an environment they are smart enough to get into trouble, food motivated enough to unlock animal proof garbage cans and brave enough to survive some of the toughest conditions on earth.

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Boston – Mama’s puppy.

The “northern dogs” have come into BCFS with some unusual medical conditions. The unspayed females tend to come in with pyometra – a life threatening uterine infection. All the dogs have some sort of worm infestation and some have tested postive for giardia.

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Roxy adopted by foster family. Came in with hookworms and pyometra

Many have infections in their skin, ears or eyes. Many have scars that mark their years in the north. Knitted broken legs, skin thick with scar tissue from burns and even missing toes, ears or eyes.

Life is hard in the north.

Buddy and Mama. Buddy had hookworm and giardia. Mama had giardia and pyometra.
Buddy and Mama. Buddy had hookworm and giardia. Mama had giardia and pyometra.

This sweet girl is quiet for a husky, but that might be the tape worm that we’re treating. She’s watchful and cuddly at the same time.

If you are interested in adopting a “northern dog” your best bet is to become a Foster Home for Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, because like North, most foster families can’t help but adopt these amazing dogs.

Frost - unusual combination of terrier, poodle and husky (we think). Positive for giardia and worms.
Frost – unusual combination of terrier, poodle and husky (we think). Positive for giardia and worms.

Congratulations to North and her Forever Family!

Available for adoption is Northern Dog Whiskey! Sweet personality and those short little legs make him a delight!

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Shy, but very friendly! If you are interested in adopting Whiskey please submit an adoption application!

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Whiskey – Adopted

Please welcome Whiskey! He’s a 10 month old husky/dachshund mix who came down from far northern Ontario into BCFS’ Foster Care Program.

He’s smart, sweet and loving. A little shy, but very social with both dogs and people. Whiskey has shown no interest in cats. He’s housebroken and is getting better on leash walks.

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Whiskey has a sweet personality and those short little legs make him a delight!  He’s very friendly and loves belly rubs!

If you’re interested in meeting Whiskey please fill out an adoption application and then email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.  

Please share and let’s find Whiskey a forever home.

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Mini Horses in need of a Trim

Horses need special care. They need special feed, special hay, veterinary care for vaccinations, teeth floating and most importantly:  hoof care.

Horses’ hooves grow like toenails and if you don’t trim your nails and take care of your feet it gets pretty tough to walk.

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Those professionals who specialize in horse hoof care are called farriers or blacksmiths. BCFS needed to find a new farrier and having Doug out for the first time to trim all the horses was a very wonderful experience.

Doug was patient and kind. He stated, based on his experience, these mini horses hadn’t been trimmed in at least eight to twelve months.

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Much like human toenails, horse hooves start to curve upwards when left to grow without any care. Eventually, the hooves get so long it starts to affect the ankle and entire leg.

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The horses go lame and limp painfully around until their hooves get trimmed. If ignored for too long this can have chronic long term effects of horses’s legs and their ability to walk.

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The horses who stay at BCFS have a fine gravel paddock that does a little natural hoof trimming as the horses walk around, so they do well for 10-12 weeks between trims. Most of the time they need to have their hooves shaped – especially Autumn who wings out when she walks.

The mini horses are doing well now that they’ve had their first set of vaccinations and hooves trimmed. They will be ready for their forever homes before the end of December.

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If you are interested in adoption one of the mini horses please fill out an adoption application and submit to our coordinator Silvana!

Thank you! 

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Upsy Daisy! Three year old female Shih Tzu – Adopted

Another Ohio Puppy Mill Mama comes to BCFS…

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Upsy Daisy is a wee, three year old female shih tzu from a puppy mill and she’s missing her tail. We don’t know why her tail is missing or what happened to this sweet pea. Upsy Daisy is itty bitty at only 9 lbs.

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She’s shy and fearful but willing to love and we think she’ll come around quickly, especially with the help of a little friend. Upsy Daisy really loves other dogs, so she needs a forever home with another friendly dog to help her come out of her shell and blossom.

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Despite her puppy mill beginnings, she’s a happy little dog who has no real behaviour issues. She does need to be housebroken but her foster mom is working to teach her that.

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For a puppy mill dog, bonding with another dog and seeing how their dog friend trusts people is a strong way to help them learn to love people, too.

If you have a loving heart, a friendly dog who will befriend Upsy Daisy, and a forever commitment to adopting, please complete an adoption application for Upsy Daisy and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at: scronier@rogers.com.

 

 

 

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Sweet Merle Chi Leandra – Adopted!

Tiny sweet bean Leandra has found her new Mama and forever home! A happy tail for this one-year-old merle chihuahua, cuddling in the arms of her new mom!

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Leandra was dumped at a shelter by a puppy mill and panicked at the shelter. Locked in a cage, she bloodied her paws from pacing and digging to escape.

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In BCFS’ foster care, Leandra recovered in a comforting, soothing and loving home playing tug-of-war and getting into mischief with her foster sister Folger, a yorkie. She ran, explored and experienced green grass and freedom.  Most of all, she healed.

LendraIMG_0390resized Leandra was adopted exactly one month after entering BCFS’ Foster Care Program ~ we knew she was irresistible and would be quickly scooped up! Leandra is a very sweet little girl, only six pounds, who is plucky and endearing.

We’re so happy that from her sad start, Leandra’s now healed, vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, dewormed, and off to enjoy the rest of her life with her forever family!

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Thank you to Barb for fostering Leandra. BCFS relies on our amazing fosters to temporarily care for many of our rescued animals. If you’re interested in fostering a rescued dog, please fill out a foster volunteer application and send it to Amy Bremner at mybremner@yahoo.com.

We also rely on donations to do our life-saving work and would appreciate, especially during this giving season, a donation of any size to help us keep helping the animals.

You can donate by credit card through PayPal at this link: http://beavercreekfarm.co/make-a-donation/ or by email to mybremner@yahoo.com, or via cheque to Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary, 2930 Bowen Rd, Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0.

BCFS is a registered Canadian charity. Donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated.

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Magic and Miracles – Sweet Sundae finds her Forever Home

It’s so quiet now that she’s gone to her forever home and I’m sad. Sometimes that happens when we hold so tightly to those so sick that we get attached. Densely and closely attached. So strong is this bond that it hurts when they leave.

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Sundae has been with us for months and months while we healed her body and her spirit. She grew into a beautiful dog who shines with health and love.

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As I watched the car drive away I saw Sundae struggle to get back to me and the tears fell hard onto the ground. This is what we do as foster parents – love and love and love and then do the hardest thing ever: let them go.

My mind understands, but my heart still breaks, sometimes along the edges and sometimes straight through the middle.

Sundae is one of those straight through the middle fractures.

I take a slow deep breath and let her go to a loving home. I let her go, so I can help the next one, so I can do what so few can do: love, heal and let go.

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I wish for Sundae to forget me and instead only have eyes for her forever mom. I wish Sundae nothing but happiness and health, but my heart still aches now that she’s gone.

She will be forever loved by her new mama and I will forever love them both. I am so grateful for my big heart as it breaks so often.

Happy Tails my sweet ray of joy and sunshine. All my love to you and your new family.

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your forever foster mama….